Rudi Rainbow – Children's Book

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Fun is in the forecast with cute, playful weather adventure.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a variety of weather-related terms like hurricane, snowflake, tornado, and breeze. They'll also hear explanations and watch demonstrations on constellations and the phases of the moon, how hail, lightening, and rain are formed, and what makes wind.

Ease of Play

A hand icon help kids know where to tap, though it's not always clear what kids should do in the games.

Violence & Scariness

Kids see wind and some cartoon destruction after Harold Hurricane gets so mad that he causes a hurricane.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rudi Rainbow – Children's Book teaches kids about a handful of weather phenomena through an interactive storybook. Kids help Rudi Rainbow and his friends Weatherland on their quest to help Rudi find his lost colors. Along the way kids play mini games and learn about weather topics like rain, hail, lightening, and wind. A narrator reads the story aloud in English, Spanish, or German. Italian, Portuguese, and French are also available, but only as text. One game requires kids to shake the device; make sure that kids can do so safely. The settings menu includes options to turn off the audio narration and the background music. The narration is a bit slow, so it can take a little while to get through the whole story. But, kids can also jump directly to any of the chapters, games, or learning tutorials from the settings menu. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Tap start to begin as a narrator reads RUDI RAINBOW – CHILDREN'S BOOK. Kids watch as Rudi loses his colors in a hurricane and are asked to follow along to help Rudi find them. Visit the inhabitants of Weatherville to learn about six weather topics: wind, rain, hail, thunderstorms, constellations, and the moon. Each inhabitant also offers a game where kids answer questions, gather raindrops, or complete a constellation. Complete all the games to find all of Rudi's missing colors. Kids can swipe around each scene to search for more surprises.

Is it any good?

Kids go on a fun adventure in this clever way to learn about weather. Rudi Rainbow and his friends are a likable bunch who go hunting for Rudi's lost colors and play games and learn about the weather along the way. Each character is a whimsical version of something weather-related, like Susie Sun, Betty Breeze, or Henry Hailstone. The weather phenomena in Rudi Rainbow - Children's Book are explained in kid-friendly words and accompanied by simple graphics. The interactive elements are fairly basic: Kids can swipe left and right to look around each scene, sometimes tapping on things can make something happen, and kids must tap arrows to continue the story. The six games are seamlessly woven into the storyline, but they also require minimal interaction. It's nice that kids have the option to do the whole story from start to finish, or jump directly to any chapter, game, or learning section.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the weather phenomena that kids learn about in Rudi Rainbow – Children's Book. Read the fun facts that appear between chapters. Ask kids about their experiences: Have they ever seen hail or lightening? What was it like?

  • Look out at the night sky with your kids and see if you can identify some constellations or find Polaris.

  • Help your kids learn more about the weather with books, videos, or internet searches.

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